BEL Swathi Mark II Weapon Locating Radar: Indian Army has placed orders for six units of Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar with state owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The order is estimated at around $ 51 million (INR 400 crores). Swathi Mark-II WLR is optimised for high altitude warfare and it has been cleared after going through a fresh round of trials in the mountain terrain.
Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) that is mounted on a BEML-manufactured 6×6 truck instead of the baseline Swathi that is mounted on an 8×8 heavy-duty truck for easier operations in the mountain terrain.
Swathi Mark-II also has some performance improvements over its predecessor which likely will translate into more orders in near future coming from the Army for the new variant.
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Indian Army has already procured 30 units of the earlier variant of Swathi that are deployed across the Line of Control (LoC). Mark-II was developed on Army’s request for a Weapon Locating Radar that has a lighter footprint in the mountain terrain.
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Swathi Weapon Locating Radar
Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar automatically locates hostile guns, mortars and rocket launchers being fired from a distance of up to 60-80 km. Detection, location and tracking of the requisite targets is handled by the advanced algorithms.
This radar is designed to detect projectiles which have small cross sections across the battle-space, and has the capability to handle simultaneous fire from weapons deployed at multiple locations. This will help Indian Army to take a counter measure.
*1 USD = 78.6363 INR
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